The Yonsei 20 Team.

The Yonsei 21 team will be traveling to Nagoya in 2014. Interested eighth-graders are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming informational meetings to learn more about the Yonsei experience.

Although only eighth-graders can apply, seventh-grade students are invited to attend as well, to find out what is required to apply. Hear from past Yonsei participants and board members about why the trip will be the experience of a lifetime and what it takes to quality for the team.

In addition to basketball, the trip will include a homestay, exposure to Japanese cultural activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to be coached by high school-level varsity coach, perform community service, and host Japanese players in their homes.

Applicants are selected based on academic excellence, letters of recommendation, positive attitudes, and sound basketball skills.

Informational meetings are scheduled for:

Sunday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Wintersburg Presbyterian Church, 2000 N. Fairview St., Santa Ana

Sunday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 815 E. First St., Los Angeles

Sunday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, 1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena

Applications can be downloaded from on Oct. 1 and are due by Dec. 1.

Interested individuals are asked to RSVP with their name, parent’s name, basketball team, and meeting date to

Players selected to represent Yonsei 20 in Fukuoka Prefecture this year:

Girls — Kaitlyn Chu, Jennifer Doi, Lauren Hamasu, Sabrina Ichiho, Keiley Kuwahara, Lauren Lum, Jordan Matsuda, Maile Okazaki, Jenna Pitpit, Kristin Sakoda, Renae Tamura, Kacie Yonemoto

Boys — Brandon Chan, Vance Ishihara, Kendall Kikkawa, Easton Kishimoto, Derek Kurashima, Blake Nagao, Wesley Nakao, Keith Sera, Tyler Shimohara, Cameron Yakura, Justin Yamashita, Michael Yoshinaga

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